5 Hiking & Camp Essentials

Yep, this is a running website, but a hell of a lot of us trail and ultra runners are big on hiking and spending long days or even a few nights under the stars while we run around the trails exploring the surrounding countryside. So it’s important we have the right gear for making our time in the bush a little more enjoyable. So apart from a quality hiking pack, sleeping bag, matt and tent, here’s a few goodies that we recommend you have in your kit so when you pack a bag and head for the hills you won’t be left wanting.

1. A Jetboil is possibly the most awesome thing to have in your kit! If you’re anything like us, then you’ll need a coffee hit before running and this little beauty makes preparing your morning brew super quick and easy. You can boil water in just over 2 minutes and use way less gas than other systems.  It’s also great for preparing meals in and doubles as a vessel to pack your gels and coffee inside.

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2. On the previously mentioned theme of coffee, just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to drink the instant stuff. Avoid forcing yourself to endure a cup of Nescafe by getting your hands on an Aeropress and a small hand grinder. You can do away with the grinder and simply use pre-ground coffee, but for the purists among you fresh is best. A small grinder will pack away easily and an Aeropress weighs little. Trust us when we say it’s worth the effort of finding space for them.

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3. Lightweight, durable plates and cups that are collapsible will not only give you more space in your pack, but if you use these guys, the back of the plate will double as your chopping board. The Sea to Summit range come in bright colours too, which might sound trivial, however for us it makes life easier when fumbling around in the dark and also means you won’t leave them in the grass when packing up.

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4. Now this might sound silly, but nothing beats warm, comfy footwear for cruising around in while at camp. Our pick is the mighty Thermoball Traction Mule by the guys at The North Face. Not only do they look rad, but they’re durable and toasty warm, even on the coldest of nights when you’ve gotta trudge through some snow to get from the tent to the bathroom.

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5. A serious headlamp with plenty of battery power is one of those things you are better off spending a little more on, rather than saving a few pennies and going for the cheaper option. Good light at night will not only make trail running missions after dark a whole lot more enjoyable, but will make reading maps, pitching a tent, cooking and getting ready for bed loads easier too. We’re huge fans of the Petzl Nao Headlamp. They’re super bright, respond automatically to the environment you’re in, charge via USB and the battery lasts ages, largely thanks to how the light adapts by dimming when you’re reading or there’s ambient light around.

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